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Your Weight Loss Cheat Sheet

On your journey to the perfect body, your diet will make up most of your efforts. In fact, your diet will be about 75% of all effort that you put in! That is why it is so important to make the correct decisions on your diet.

Feel welcome to use this list as a cheat sheet for making healthier decisions. All food plays a part in your weight loss but those listed at the top will be of least importance and those listed at the bottom will be the most important.

Sweets

This group includes anything that has sugar such as candies, cakes, cookies, pies, doughnuts and other desserts. You don’t have to cut this food group out altogether on your weight loss journey, as long as you keep the portions small. Foods in this group are often high in calories and low in nutrients so limit your intake to about 80 calories a day or about 560 calories a week.

Fats

The truth is that some fats are good for you, while others are really bad for you! Try avoiding fats such as saturated fats and trans-fats as these have often been linked to heart disease amongst other diseases! Instead, focus rather on the good fats that are found in olive oil, avocado, nuts and nut butter.

Protein

The best low-fat proteins you can find are low-fat and fat-free and include fish, skinless white-meat poultry, dairy foods, egg whites and legumes. Also, as an added benefit, proteins can also be a great source of fibre to help with the weight loss process.

Carbohydrates

This food group is primarily grains or food made up of grains. Whole grains will naturally be the better choice as they include more fibre. Examples of carbohydrates are whole-grain cereal, whole-wheat bread, whole-wheat pasta, oatmeal and brown rice. Just be on the lookout for the term ‘whole’ and you will be on the right track!

Vegetables

Vegetables are high in nutrients and fibre which and low in calories which is why they are a big part of any weight loss diet. Try sticking to fresh fruit, but failing that canned fruit will work just as well!

Fruit

Include as much fresh fruit in your diet as possible as this is the most important food group out there. Just like vegetables, try to stick to fresh fruit and avoid fruit canned in sugary syrup. If you can, stay away from fruit juice and dried fruit as these tend to have more calories and fewer nutrients.

No one type of food group can ever be discounted in the weight loss process as they all play their role in burning fat. Just remember that exercise can never be overlooked in any weight loss program And you should be aiming to get at least 30 minutes of exercise about 3 – 5 times a week.

Stay Healthy With Green Drink Recipes

Most diets you come across claiming to help you lose weight, fight fatigue and lower your blood pH will inevitably have you removing food from your diet. This is what people typically think of when starting a new diet and to be honest, it’s what scares most people away. We hate not being able to eat the foods we love! Well, I’m sick of doing things the hard way and you should be too.

This approach has you adding things to your diet instead of taking away and will leave you healthier than ever. By utilizing green drink recipes, we can easily do this. Adding a healthy green smoothie or drink to your diet will have a profound impact on how you structure your meals. This is how it works:

  • Add a green drink or smoothie to at least one meal a day (breakfast is probably the best choice).
  • Drink it before you eat the rest of your meal.

What does this do?

Since green drinks and smoothies consist of very pure, nutritious ingredients like leafy greens, fresh fruit and fresh vegetable or fruit juices, this is a fantastic way to consume all your necessary vitamins and minerals without having to resort to a multivitamin.

It also allows you to eat less “junk food” because your stomach will be satiated from the nutritious green drink and you won’t have enough room for a giant meal afterwards. This is great for people who have a problem with overeating.

How will this help you lose weight? Simple, you’re eating less junk food and more low calorie nutritious food.

How will this help you fight fatigue? By adding a fresh green drink to your diet, your body is getting all the vitamins and minerals it needs to operate at full capacity.

How will this lower your blood pH? Green leafy vegetables are extremely alkaline and eating alkaline foods will lower your blood pH which helps remedy all sorts of dis-eases.

Soon, your body will start to crave food that is of higher nutritious quality and because of that, you will naturally start to eat better, lose weight, and be healthier overall.

Here’s a recipe you can try out:

6 strawberries

1 cup pomegranate seeds

1 apple

1 stalk of celery

1 peach

1 handful of red grapes

1 handful of fresh spinach

1 banana

1 cup water

Just toss everything into a blender and blend until your desired consistency. Enjoy!

Healthy Food For Optimal Health

When I learned I had breast cancer, I decided that I needed to find out as much as I could about how my diet might impact my health. I absorbed everything I would get my hands on that discussed the importance of nutrition in regaining health and preventing a recurrence of cancer. Shortly after I learned I had cancer, I also found out that I am allergic to dairy and eggs. I needed to make changes to my lifestyle – fast.

The first thing to go was dairy. All of the years that I was consuming massive amounts of cheese was taking a toll on my health. Almost immediately upon giving it up, the majority of my migraine headaches disappeared. Another astonishing revelation was when, just as quickly, I no longer needed the Afrin nasal spray I had come to depend on to clear my sinuses for 35 years! I couldn’t leave the house without it. Now my need for it had disappeared. I had no idea that all of these issues were being caused by dairy.

Suddenly it was obvious, but for years I went along consuming dairy and suffering side effects without ever putting the two together. To improve my health on all counts, I realized that I needed to get back to basic, simple foods. No more processed junk foods, no more saturated fats, and no more refined white flours and sugars. So, along with dairy, I cut them out of my life. I now eat a mostly plant-based diet that is rich in nutrients and full of vitamins.

I buy organic when possible to avoid the pesticide and herbicide residues that are so prevalent in conventionally grown produce. I cook my meals from scratch. No more cans, packages or boxes (with a few exceptions). I now use my creativity and Google savvy to put together healthy meal ideas that work for my family. I noticed an immediate improvement to my health. I not only started to lose weight, and ultimately slowly and steadily lost 50 pounds, but I started to feel like my younger self again. More energetic, less achy, clearer skin.

I found that by merging elements from a vegan diet and a raw food lifestyle I could satisfy my family’s needs of eating healthy. The elements that I incorporated from the raw food diet is not only eating more vegetables in their raw state, but also eating foods that are “pure”. In other words, foods that are not processed or otherwise adulterated. They don’t contain chemicals or additives as they are mostly freshly made and consumed. However, it was not feasible to prepare only non-cooked foods 100% or the time. Although, I do try to eat at least 50% raw each day.

I needed to include hot healthy foods into my diet as well. In the northeast the winters are cold and it is just not possible for me to cut out all warm food. As far as veganism, I have eliminated all animal products, with the exception of some fish on occasion for the omega 3 benefits.

My diet now focuses on a plant-based diet and includes whole grains, beans and nuts. With all of the changes I have incorporated into my life, I have reduced my risk of having a recurrence of cancer substantially. Consuming less saturated fat, including an exercise regime, cutting out alcoholic beverages and more leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables all cut my risk. But my new regime is not only one that is good for those who have cancer. It is a lifestyle that we should all incorporate elements of into our everyday lives. It is healthy and promotes optimal health. Healthy food is key to optimal health. Making small changes in lifestyle can add up to big benefits over time. The next time you consider picking up a loaded burger, consider your health!

Simple Egg Diets for Dogs

Egg diets are quite easier in nature, since they come with a balanced amount of nutrients with the taste. Mixing a small amount of salt could give out a great taste to both human beings and dogs. It is very much essential to feed the dog with a proper food, which is both balanced with nutrients and taste. Most of the dogs love to eat egg dishes on a regular basis, since they can be slightly compared with a non-vegetarian dish.

How is it Important?

Eggs are quite cheap compared to any other nutritional food for dogs and it can be fed on a daily basis to provide a balanced amount of nutrients for the dog. Egg is a good source of Vitamin A, B12, Iron, Riboflavin, Fatty Acids, Iron and Selenium. Most of the dishes are pretty much similar to our dishes, since dogs can consume egg with and without few ingredients. Unlike human animals, dogs can even consume egg shells, as they have the capacity to digest easily. Raw egg shells can be fed to dogs on a regular basis by grinding them in a coffee grinder with a piece of meat.

Some of the highly recommended and the most common egg diets for your dog.

1. Scrambled Eggs with Cheese

Ingredients

• 1 Egg per dog
• Water
• Cheese – optional
• Powdered garlic

Cooking Method

• Add water in a microwave container
• Crack eggs and mix it with water properly
• Add cheese to the container (optional)
• Place it in the oven for a span of 2 minutes
• Take off the water carefully (optional)
• Cool it and serve it to your dog on a regular basis

2. Scrambled Eggs with Fruits or Vegetables

Ingredients

• 1 egg per dog
• Vegetables or fruits
• Powdered garlic
• Oil and pan
• Cheese – optional

Cooking Method

• Crack the egg
• Add water in the pan and mix it with eggs
• Fry or boil all the vegetables or fruits
• Cook the pan for a span of 5 minutes
• Add fried or boiled vegetables and mix it properly
• Cool it and feed your dog on a daily basis.

3. Egg and Bread

Ingredients

• 2 slices of bread
• One egg per dog
• Garlic to taste
• Oil and pan

Cooking Method

• Crack the egg in the center of the bread
• Crush all the egg shells and mix it on the bread
• Place the bread in the pan with oil or keep it in the microwave oven
• Add a mix of garlic paste to add taste
• Cool it and serve it to your dog once in 3 days

Nutritious Diet For Pregnancy – Groundnut Tikkis

Figuring out an ideal pregnancy diet plan could at times end up being challenging.

Now this is one recipe you absolutely must give a try!

Go for Groundnut tikkis. Now did you know that groundnuts happen to be among healthy foods to eat when pregnant, mainly owing to their protein and folate content?

Folate and folic acid are essential especially while pregnancy, so as to make sure that the baby is able to avoid all defects, especially those related with the brain or spine.

Nutritious Recipes for PREGNANCY

GROUNDNUT TIKKIS

Preparation Time 15 minutes

Cooking Time 10 minutes

Makes 10 tikkis

Ingredients

1/2 cup roasted groundnuts (peanuts), coarsely ground

1/2 cup besan (bengal gram flour)

1/3 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)

1/2 cup chopped spinach (palak)

3 green chillies, finely chopped

Juice of 1 lemon and 1 tbsp warm oil

Salt to taste

Other ingredients

2 1/2 tsp oil for cooking

The next recipe in nutritious recipes for Pregnancy is Groundnut Tikkis (cutlet).

I know you all love cutlets, so do I.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Groundnuts, these should be roasted and coarsely grounded.

The second ingredient is half a cup of Bengal gram flour.

Then we have half cup of whole wheat flour and half cup of chopped spinach.

3 to 4 chopped green chillies.

Bit of lemon juice, salt to taste. And oil.

First, take a nice, clean bowl.

Mix in all the ingredients. Bengal gram flour, whole wheat flour which is called ‘Atta’, chopped spinach, green chillies, juice of 1 lemon, bit of salt according to your taste.

We have to make soft and smooth dough out of it. So we’ll add in a little water.

Once the dough is ready, add in some oil.

Then we can knead the dough again.

When the dough is ready, it would look smooth and glossy.

Now we will make cutlets out of it.

Make balls out of it. Roll it and flatten it.

Now we will fry these cutlets one by one, while the golden brown color doesn’t appear.

Let’s take some oil in a pan. Spread it evenly.

When it heats up, put in the cutlets, one by one.

Fry it till it turns golden brown from both sides.

Our cutlets are almost done.

Switch off the gas.

Now we can take the tikkis one by one on a plate which has a tissue paper placed on top of it.

Tissue paper will absorb the excess oil if any.

The groundnut tikkis are now ready.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Dieting

The pros and cons to dieting can be deceptive. Really there is nothing bad about dieting if you do it right. I know someone who lost 3 pounds a week over the course of a year eating three healthy meals a day and exercising for at least an hour a day. There was nothing unhealthy about his diet, so there are no cons. The cons of dieting generally come from unhealthy diet that are too extreme. The sad thing is that most of these extreme never helped anybody lose any weight in the long term.

A healthy eating plan but no exercise will not help you lose any weight. Likewise a vigorous daily exercise schedule but poor eating habits will also not help you lose any weight. You need to have both vigorous exercise and smart eating if you want to burn body fat. The pros and cons of dieting may not be what you’re thinking about. The good thing about your plan could be your eating habits but the bad thing is not exercising.

Many people have a hard time understanding that moderation is really important. You can’t overdo anything and you can’t under do anything either. A reasonable eating plan and a reasonable exercise plan can help anybody lose weight.

The diets that everyone fail at are the diets that promise you can lose a lot of weight in just a few days. These extreme diets do not work over the long term. Since no one can sustain that kind of weight loss, people following these diets become really dejected and depressed. They are working so hard in making such a great effort, but they are not losing the amount of weight that the diet says they should be able to. As a result they become very depressed and just giving up. Sadly, after they give up the weight starts to come back on in a way just as much as they did before.

The first thing you need to do to succeed at losing weight is to set a year-long weight-loss plan. Whether you want to lose 30 pounds or a hundred pounds, do it in a year. If you want to lose 30 pounds, start out by trying to lose a pound a week. You’ll reach your goal in 30 weeks. If you want to lose 100 pounds, then set a goal of 2 pounds a week. You’ll reach your goal in one year. The key here is to be long-term in your thinking. If you only want to lose 30 pounds and you succeed at doing that in two months, that 30 pounds will come back on again in just 2 to 3 weeks. Why? Because in order to lose 30 pounds in two months you would’ve had to have done some very extreme lack of eating, and a lot of vigorous exercise. After the two months is all over, you’ll be so tired from all the exercise and very little eating you did. The first thing you want to do is just relax and go back to your old eating style. As a result, you’ll put all the weight back on. On the other hand, if you set a year-long goal in lose the weight that you want to in a year you will be developing a daily habit of reasonable eating and exercise that after a year will be easy to continue to maintain throughout the rest of your life. By doing it this way you will learn what it will take daily for you to maintain the weight you want.

The pros and cons of dieting are easy. A positive diet consists of a healthy eating plan and vigorous exercise. A non-healthy diet consists of unreasonable weight loss expectations gained by restrictive eating an unhealthy practices.

Diets That You Need to Stay Away From

Every diet you ever went on left you heavier than before? And there are hundreds of them – the 'eat what you want' diet, the color diet, the only meat diet.

And even if you do lose some weight in the beginning, it usually comes back with some pile-on friends. The key to losing weight is eating fewer calories than you burn. Diets cause weight loss because they are basically low on calories and do not satisfy the body's need for fuel. So after a few weeks of being 'starved', people accept defeat. This sense of failure makes them eat unhealthy, solely for comfort.

Experts say such diets not only fail to impact the dieter's weight in the long term, but also lead to a sense of deprivation, failure and discouragement, denting the self-esteem.

These are the five types of diets that are illegally to produce long-term results.

A.Those who focus on exclusive foods: The diet that focuses on exclusive foods or food groups – such as soup diets, raw food diets and many low carb diets. Your body needs a variety of foods to satisfy its needs for nutrients and such diets are bound to fail in the long run. The moment you restrict yourself from having any particular food, your body automatically triggers a craving for the same.

B.Detox diet: Such a diet demands many intricate procedures like liver flushes, hormone injections, etc. However, many researchers say that there's no scientific proof available as to how effective the detox diet really is. Even without this diet, our organs like the liver and the kidney are accompanied with the body's immune system can help us rid of potential toxins.

C. 'Miracle' Diet: Those who are on a diet are always on the look out of short-cut pills and proteins that will give instant results. However, no single food or a diet for that matter can give immediate results. Healthy weight loss has to be slow and gradual.

D.Very Low Cal Diet: Fasting or reducing calorie intake may seem like the logical way for faster weight-loss. However, when you consume very few calories, your body feels that it's starving and hence, it re-adjusts its metabolism. As a result, when you go back to normal eating, you end up putting on more weight than ever.

If your diet does not stand valid from a scientific perspective, there are little chances that it will have long-term benefits.

High Protein Diets For Bodybuilding: Learn To Eat The Right Amount

If you are working hard to build your muscles then, you should be aware of a healthy diet. You probably know that bodybuilder’s diet is high in protein. So, eating the right amount of protein is good for your muscles.

It is said that “Proteins are the machinery of living tissue that builds the structures and carries out the chemical reactions necessary for life”.

Therefore, your diet holds lots of importance in your life. So, you need to emphasize on diet as well as workout. If you want to build a good muscle mass you need to abide by the following equation:

70% Healthy Diet + 30% Workout = Healthy Body and Good Muscle Mass

To prove my above equation I will illustrate the high protein diets for weight loss.

You are just one step beyond the fitness. Stay with me and I will let you know the secrets behind bodybuilding and diets.

Let’s watch the whole show!

The Ultimate List Of The High-protein Diets For Bodybuilding

1. The Eggs: Are Always Best When Eaten Fresh

Protein Content: 6 g / 1 large egg

The eggs are the main attraction when you stroll at the grocery store.

These white spheres are close immaculate muscle nourishment. That is on the grounds that the natural esteem-a measure of how much protein from the nourishment can be consolidated into proteins in the body-of an egg is higher than almost whatever another thing in the supermarket.

The natural esteem is to a great extent directed by the measure of basic amino acids a nourishment has, and the modest egg possesses a great deal of these.

Keep an eye out for containers containing eggs with bulked up omega-3 levels to make your morning scramble work considerably harder for you.

So, if want increase protein content in your diet, choose the eggs.

2. Greek Yogurt: A Healthy Ingredient From The Milk Family

Protein Content: 23 g / 8 oz. serving

It’s a great ingredient from the milk family. It is actually yummy in taste. It’s a Greek style Yogurts and it contains the double quantity of protein as compared with the normal one.

The plain yogurt contains the less sugar than the flavored one. I want to let you know one secret. Yogurt is the richest source of calcium.

So, in toto, you get calcium in additional. So, I would suggest you have at least 1 bowl in a day.

3. Cottage Cheese: Milk’s Leap Towards Immortality

Protein Content: 14 g per 1/2 cup serving

The cottage cheese is blessed with the casein protein. This is a slow-digesting protein and it supplies the amino acids to the muscles. It’s beneficial to take this in the form of snack before the bedtime.

The cottage cheese is enriched with sodium as well. But check the labels at the carton. Compare the nutrition labels of different brands.

Those who want to build the good muscle mass can take cottage cheese. Don’t go for artificial supplements. They can harm your body.

4. Swiss Cheese: The Love Of Bodybuilders

Protein Content: 8 g per 1 oz. serving

Swiss cheese is a great option for those who are vegetarians. It provides more protein than the other ingredients. This one is a muscle-friendly option for your sandwich and burger recipes.

You can add this to your evening snacks list or can have the same after the workout when you feel exhausted.

Must try this one!! A love of every bodybuilder.

5. Milk, 2%

Protein Content: 8 g per 1 cup serving

Some people make weird faces when I ask them to have milk. But, milk is a good option. Why choose the flavorless skimmed milk when you have the option for you? You can enjoy your glass of milk and need not break the fat.

Don’t worry! If you have extra fat then, it will be absorbed as fat-soluble nutrients. For example the Vitamin-D.

So have milk and enjoy your work out. Need not worry about!

6. Ground Beef

Protein Content: 18 g / 3 oz. serving

This much amount of ground beef gives you the absolute amount of fat. The beef or you can say the red meat gives you creatine as well. So, you have a buy one get one free deal here.

Isn’t it?

Give a second thought upon it. If you are looking for high protein diets for bodybuilding. Then, add beef in your platter for sure.

7. Chicken Breast: Good For Your Tastebuds

Protein Content: 24 g / 3 oz. serving

Choose the chicken breast but that to be boneless and skinless. Chicken breast offers you lots of proteins and of course good for your taste buds as well.

You can have the chicken breast by tempering it with ginger, garlic, and lemon. This gives the taste as well as the nutrition.

Have it today only!

8. The Protein Bars

Protein Content: 25 g / 100 gms

The chocolates are considered mood swingers. They change the bad mood in the good one. I know your mouth is already watering, even though mine!

I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

Let’s not leave the path. I was talking about protein bars. So, you can have the protein bars after doing the workout. This will give an energy to your exhausted body and in turn, is going to twist your mood.

That is, You will be happy.

Check out the protein content before you buy the protein bar.

Well, It’s Time To Say Good Bye!

Well! Well! Well!

I have given you the list of high protein diets for bodybuilding. So, you can add them to your platter. I always support the natural diet for the body building.

The above-listed products actually hold the high amount of protein and as I have explained you at the beginning that exercise and diet both are the important aspects of bodybuilding.

But diet always holds 70 percent credit. Therefore, your focus should be on diet. You can take reference of your diet counselor for adding these ingredients into your meal platter.

Tell us, if you have any questions for us or if you want to add something to our knowledge. We would love to help you and any sharing of yours is welcomed.

Jack LaLanne’s Diet and Exercise Routine

Francois Henri LaLanne’s (1914-2011) famous diet and exercise routine paved the way for him to become an American health icon. He opened the first public gym in Oakland, Ca and is best known for his TV show on fitness. But, he started out as a junk food addict as a kid until he was embarrassed by a failure to pass a routine physical exam in school. This upset and motivated him to attend health lectures that re-directed his life.

WORKOUT: LaLanne’s workout routine began with a series of stretches in bed as soon as he woke around 5am. He then went to one of his weight rooms, one had free weights and the other had weight-lifting machines. He worked the lower body one day and the upper body the next and the entire routine was changed every 30 days. After 90 minutes of weight lifting, he went to the pool for swimming and water exercises for another 30 minutes.

DIET: He ate only two meals a day. The first meal was at 11am after the workout and the second around 7pm usually at a cafe with his wife. His breakfast consisted of fruit, oatmeal, broth, and four egg whites.

His restaurant dinners began with a salad of 10 raw vegetables and four hard boiled egg whites. Fish was consumed almost every night and roasted turkey occasionally. He ate no other types of meat and did not snack between meals. His juicer became popular because Jack just couldn’t eat that many raw vegetables. He found juicing made it easier to consumer the large amount of veggies he wanted.

VITAMINS: In addition to a disciplined diet, Jack took 40 to 50 vitamins and minerals on a daily basis. It’s too long of a list to print here, but can be found on his website. However, he never relied on supplements to replace any foods, he just view it as an “insurance policy.”

ALCOHOL: Being a Frenchman himself, he believed in drinking wine because he noticed that the French tend to live longer in their wine culture. He allowed himself this pleasure apart from his discipline and was even know to get drunk at times.

He published his last book when 95 years old, Live Young Forever that influenced me to change my breakfast to oatmeal and raisins-his favorite. He passed away a little more than a year later at 96 years old from pneumonia.

CONCLUSION: There are areas of contention in his routine. It’s true that Jack placed weights ahead of aerobic exercise. In his diet, he derived most protein from egg whites and fish rather than more diverse sources. His heavy vitamin consumption may have not helped much as absorption rates were lower then. And he probably drank a bit too much at times. But, it’s his long term devotion to a healthy diet and challenging exercise that set him apart.

Allen, R. 4-8-15 Jack LaLanne Workout Retrieved from muscleprodigy.com/jack-lalanne-workout/

Microbiotic Diet – A Low Fat Way of Dieting

There are many diets to consider when you wish to change your eating habits, lifestyle, health, and weight.

George Ohsawa, who promoted that a simple lifestyle produced positive health benefits, created the microbiotic diet. The diet was comprised of ten restrictive steps, forcing the dieter to exhibit a great deal of self-control.

For example, the last stage of the microbiotic diet involves the dieter consuming only brown rice and water. Diet planners, due to its excessive restriction no longer suggest this first version of the microbiotic diet.

Well Being

The microbiotic diet appeals to some because it not only focuses on the physical well being of a dieter, but also deals with the spiritual and planetary aspects of health.

The microbiotic way of dieting is low in fat, as well as high in fibre. Vegetarians could easily follow this diet because the diet places emphasis on vegetables and whole grains.

The microbiotic diet calls for low amounts of sugar, dairy items, and meat.

Soy products

Soy products are also an integral part of the diet because they contain phytoestrogens, thought to have positive effects on cholesterol levels, menopause, as well as some types of cancers. This is why patients who are suffering from cancer or other chronic diseases have followed this strict regimen.

The phytoestrogens may also prove beneficial in the prevention of estrogen-related cancers like breast cancer. It is important not to confuse this healthy way of eating with a cure for serious medical conditions and diseases.

Whole Grains

When following the microbiotic diet, 50-60% of each meal will consist of whole grains, including brown rice, barley, millet, rye, corn and buckwheat. This diet allows an occasional meal with rolled oats, noodles, pasta, bread or baked products.

Soup

Each day, 1 to 2 bowls or cups of soup are required. It is suggested that a dieter choose shoyu or miso, which contains fermented soybeans.

Vegetables

Vegetables make up 25-30% of the daily food intake, where 1/3 of the vegetables should be eaten in their raw state. Boiling, steaming, baking or sautéing should prepare any other vegetable portions.

Beans

10% of the daily food intake should consist of cooked beans. Bean products such as tofu or tempeh can also be eaten.

Cooking Oil

The most common cooking oil used when preparing meals is dark sesame oil. Additional oils to consider include light sesame oil, corn oil, as well as mustard seed oil.

Flavourings

Natural sea salt, shoyu, brown rice vinegar, grated ginger root, fermented pickles, roasted sesame seeds and sliced scallions are some of the seasonings that can be used when adding flavor to foods.

When it comes to animal by-products while on the microbiotic diet, small amounts of fish or seafood are acceptable each week.

Dieters should stay away from eggs, dairy, meat, and poultry.

When eating fish or seafood, microbiotic dieters should consume horseradish, wasabi, ginger, or mustard in order to aid in the detoxification process against the effects of the seafood.

Other foods allowed while on the microbiotic diet include the moderate consumption of seeds or nuts, as well as desserts such as apples and dried food.

Dieters should not consume sugar, honey, molasses, chocolate, or carob.

Fruit

Several times a week, the diet permits fruit such as pears, peaches, apricots, grapes, berries, and melons. Avoid tropical fruits, such as pineapples and mangoes.

The microbiotic diet can be tailored to fit individuals depending on their age, gender, health concerns, as well as climate and seasonal factors.

Side Effects

There are a few side effects associated with this diet. Certain nutrients are not absorbed into the body through this diet, such as protein, vitamin B12, iron, magnesium, and calcium. This can affect a dieter by lowering their energy levels, as well as lead to health complications.

Some nutritionists frown upon this diet because they feel it is too restrictive.